WEEK 18

11/15/12-11/21/12

Unfortunately, there is no baby bump picture this week. And for those of you who are kind of enough to check in for weekly updates, my apologies for the delay these past two weeks. We were having some work done in our house these past 2 weeks, and that coupled with family & friends visiting for our 1st thanksgiving dinner threw me for a loop and I’ve gotten behind on the baby blog, among other things! But no worries, baby bump pictures will be back in action starting next week 🙂

With that said, we did have a rather worrisome end to this week. On 11/20, we went to the OBGYN for our 18 week appointment. This included a routine ultra-sound to ensure our baby is growing & developing on track, as well as confirm the sex of the baby. Since we opted for the early-gender detection ultra-sound at 15 weeks, we already knew the sex, but we were excited to have it double & triple confirmed! And indeed, baby Becher is still a GIRL!

The sex, however, soon became the least of our worries, as we learned that our baby has 2 choroid plexus cysts in her brain. Sounds scary, right? You can only imagine how fast the tears came flowing out of my eyes. We were then semi-reassured that everything should be OK, as the cysts are isolated, and ALL ELSE is perfectly fine in regards to growth & development. In these situations, when cysts are present, but are the only abnormality, they typically go away on their own by 23-28 weeks. Even though we were told everything should be okay, we still wanted to see a specialist ASAP.

Luckily, we were able to get an appointment within a few hours to see the same specialist (who we happen to really like!) that we had previously seen for our first trimester testing. The doctor was kind enough to see us late in the afternoon on the day before Thanksgiving so we wouldn’t spend the holiday weekend worrying. He performed a level 2 ultra-sound and confirmed that all aspects of our baby’s development are normal/excellent/perfect — but indeed there are 2 cysts in her brain. However, he assured us that these would dissolve on their own, and cause no issues to our baby since everything else is working as should be. He even pointed out how great it was that we could see our baby’s 5 fingers, because that’s a positive sign all is fine. (As oppose to a clinched fist, which could indicate a problem caused from the cysts). Even though our OBGYN told us everything would likely be okay, as well as my google research immediately done after our first appointment, my tears didn’t truly go away until the specialist promised that there isn’t anything to worry about. And while I can’t say 100% we are in the clear, since obviously anything can happen over the next 20 weeks, I’m trusting in the specialist because otherwise I will drive myself crazy.

On a final note, the specialist confirmed (for what now is the 3rd person to confirm) that baby Becher (who is now the size of a sweet potato) is a girl. Although after this week’s minor scare, our only hope is for a perfectly healthy baby – be it a boy or girl!